Self Portrait #4, 2020
Textile, quilting cotton, muslin fabric and thread
60 x 50 inches
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Self Portrait #4 - This work is a depiction of myself sitting in a chair. The background of this work was made by my mother, taking inspiration from the quilters of Gee’s Bend Ala. I used thread to fill in my character, much the same way a color pencil would, instead of using fabric to force the viewer to look closer to see what is going on.
MICHAEL THORPE, Self Portrait #4
Michael C. Thorpe
Based in New York City
Education : 2016 Emerson College, Boston, MA
Selected Public Collections: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Michael C. Thorpe is a visual artist living and working out of New York, New York, with a primary focus in textiles. His mother, Susan Richards, taught him the art and craft of quilting. Thorpe is exploring the limitations of both social constructs and textiles by combining fabrics, imagery and language to evoke alternative perspectives on the human experience.